03 AUG 2018

Citizens Rights for Older People seek trustees and volunteers as Helen Grant MP visits the CROP office


As people grow older, many find themselves more and more alone. Often there will be no one around to help with important decisions and major changes that could affect the remainder of their lives.

Since 1994 CROP has been assisting older people with a whole range of issues including benefits, pensions, debt, various forms of abuse, relocation and accommodation.

48 volunteer advocates work alongside older people across Kent helping them to identify their needs, present a case and refer to the correct agencies. With the population of Kent becoming increasingly older the demand for volunteer advocates is also increasing and so recruitment is a major part of the business plan.

Maidstone and the Weald MP took up an invitation to visit CROP's offices recently to see their work in action and to find out what's next for the charity.

Helen said 'The care and compassion of CROP's volunteers was plain to see and the need for such a service in Kent will only increase as the years progress and the issues facing older people become ever more complex. As a newly appointed Patron of CROP I urge local people to consider putting themselves forward as volunteers. It is a very rewarding and fulfilling role and very much in demand'.

Anne Taylor, Chair at CROP said "We were most grateful to Helen for her support and for agreeing to become our Patron. The Trustees and myself are hopeful that CROP will be successful in finding new volunteers across Kent to carry on our important work. We are all appreciative that Helen will continue to support us in any way she can going forward."

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